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Vol. LXIII, No. 6
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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(Photo by Greg Paulson)
ICE DRILL: In spite of warmer temperatures, three to five inches of ice still covered the canal last Sunday when the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad carried out a drill involving ice rescue techniques. Dry suits and thermal protective equipment insulate Michael Kenwood (left) and Peter Simon, who recently became certified as surface ice rescue technicians, along with Bob Allen, Kathryn Bailey, David Feiner, James Ferry, Josh Franklin, Alex Gertner, Michael Kervan, Thomas Lowenthal, Nate Plough, and Matt Stiff. More information on the Squad’s emergency medical and technical rescue services can be found at

Front Page

Borough Asks Prosecutor About Police Case Delays, Introduces Credit Card Fee

Dilshanie Perera

Characterizing the case involving three Borough police officers as “unusual” and “an anomaly” in terms of what they usually see, Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini and Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Doris Galuchie met with Borough Council last Tuesday to explain how the case is progressing. Council also introduced an ordinance to charge a convenience fee for municipal transactions involving credit cards.

Ridge Development Plan Sees Changes

Dilshanie Perera

While development on Princeton Ridge has been a subject of discussion since 2007, plans for the proposed age-restricted senior housing have seen some revisions over time.

The Debate Continues as Seminary Unveils Latest Plans for Speer Library

Dilshanie Perera

The Borough’s Historic Preservation Review Committee (HPRC) met last Wednesday to review the latest developments in the case of Speer Library, though a formal, final application has not yet been made.

Other News

Princeton Junior School Celebrates Twenty-five Years of Creative Teaching

Ellen Gilbert

“I thought we’d last a year,” recalled Princeton Junior School (PJS) cofounder Juliana McIntyre recently as she described the church-basement beginnings of the now-flourishing school that is celebrating its 25th anniversary. “The children wanted to stay, so we kept adding.”

Coming to Camillo’s and Channel 30, Planet Café Invites Diverse Points of View

Ellen Gilbert

“Planet Café,” described by facilitator Ann Gazzard as “a philosophical community café,” is coming to Princeton. Beginning February 23, and following on the last Monday of each month, the group will meet at Camillo’s Café in the Princeton Shopping Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Township Supplements Rutgers Agreement; Approves Stony Brook Bridge Improvement

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton Township Committee approved a supplement to its 2007 agreement with Rutgers University’s New Jersey Sustainable State Institute (NJSSI) for the creation of a Strategic Sustainable Community Master Plan for the Princeton community. The $15,000 supplement is in addition to the original $20,000 appropriated for the project. Those funds, and the additional $15,000, are being made available through a grant from the Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Getting Stingy in Routs of Cornell, Columbia, Tiger Men’s Basketball Vaults Into Ivy Lead

Bill Alden

The fans started filing out of Jadwin Gym with about five minutes to go in the game last Saturday as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Columbia.

With Senior Goalie Young Raising Her Game, PU Women’s Hockey Gains in ECACH Race

Bill Alden

Over the first 16 games of the season for the Princeton University women’s hockey team, senior goalie Kristen Young gave up a total of 41 goals.

PHS Boys’ Swimmers Place 3rd at Counties While Girls’ Team Shows Spirit in Taking 7th

Bill Alden

It was the eighth swim in two days for each of them and the Princeton High boys’ team had been eliminated from title contention in the Mercer County Swimming Championships.

More Sports…

Book Review

Lincoln at 200: “Abe Read All the Books He Could Lay His Hands On”

Stuart Mitchner

He is the author of a multitude of good sayings, so disguised as pleasantries that it is certain they had no reputation at first but as jests; and only later, by the very acceptance and adoption they find in the mouths of millions, turn out to be the wisdom of the hour. I am sure if this man had ruled in a period of less facility of printing, he would have become mythological in a very few years, like Aesop or Pilpay, or one of the Seven Wise Masters, by his fables and proverbs.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, April 19, 1865

It’s New to Us

Gender-Neutral Family Team of Attorneys Handles Mediation for Riker Danzig Law Firm

Jean Stratton

Dealing with the difficult, often emotionally-charged issues presented in family law cases is challenging. Frequently settled in the adversarial atmosphere and setting of the court system, family law cases have also been addressed by a single mediator or arbitrator.

Facials, Massages, and Other Treatments Are Available at Amber Spa in Pennington

Jean Stratton

Amber Spa, located at 16 South Main Street in Pennington, prides itself on keeping up-to-date with the latest techniques and products in order to offer clients the best service possible.

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